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Salami, 6-year-old Hole in Heart boy needs N5m to survive



By Adeola Badru

THE hope of Salami Akinjide, a 6-year old boy, fulfilling his dream to become a medical doctor may be dashed, if nobody cares about his current health status.

At six, Salami, a nursery two pupil of D-Way Group of School, Ologuneru, Ibadan is brilliant, meticulous and intelligent.

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He was diagnosed to have a hole in his heart, hence urgent surgery is required to save his life. He is expected to have the surgery and treatment at Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The cost of the treatment, surgery and drugs are estimated to be N5million.

He father, Ismail Akinjide, a shop attendant and his mother, Oluwatosin Akinjide, a stylist, are struggling to put food on their table for survival, let alone affording the medical bills.

His mother, Oluwatosin who spoke with Vanguard, was on her kneel while profusely crying for held from Nigerians.

She said: “Please don’t allow my baby to die. Help me with whatever you can afford. I don’t want him dead,” she pleaded.

A diagnostic report obtained by this correspondent at the University College Hospital (UCH) and signed by Dr. B.E Adebayo, a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist indicates that Salami had one episode of fainting about a year before his presentation at the hospital.

According to the report, Salami is currently on oral propranolol to control his symptoms.

The report reads: “Abdulsalam was first seen in the Paediatric Cardiologist clinic on the 28th of January, 2020, when he presented with easy fatiguability and recurrent squatting of a year’s duration.”

“He also had one episode of fainting about a year before presentation. Pregnancy history was uneventful with no history of exposure to any known teratogenic agent.”



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